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    Cost of Policing Barnsley football matches

    Football matches in South Yorkshire cost more than 1.1 million to police last season, The Star can reveal.

    That's how much South Yorkshire Police says it spent protecting crowds and maintaining law and order for home games at the region's five English Football League clubs.

    Games at Hillsborough cost more than 430,000 to police last season
    Games at Hillsborough cost more than 430,000 to police last season
    Those sides between them contributed nearly 660,000 towards policing expenses, leaving the net cost to taxpayers at a little over 440,000.

    Sheffield Wednesday's home games proved easily the most costly to police, at more than 430,000, though the Owls did provide nearly 200,000 towards that sum.

    Games at Bramall Lane cost almost 170,000 to police, but Sheffield United actually shelled out slightly more than that, resulting in a net profit of nearly 4,000 for the force.

    The difference between the figures for the two clubs could be down to the fact the Blades were playing in the division below their rivals last season and, according to, had an average home gate for league matches of 21,892, compared with 27,129 for the Owls.

    Barnsley's home games cost 232,000 to police, with the club contributing 133,000 towards that.

    Rotherham's matches at the New York Stadium proved the next most expensive, at 205,000, of which they paid 99,000.

    Doncaster Rovers were easily the cheapest club to police, at 64,000 for the season, towards which they contributed 20,000.

    South Yorkshire Police said it has yet to finalise its budget for policing football matches this season, which will of course include the Sheffield derbies.

    It has five football liaison officers, who work with the clubs to keep disorder to a minimum.

    Each match is ranked based on the number of fans expected, the two sides' history and the potential risk posed by fans who may be intent on causing trouble.

    The force says it is responsible for policing outside the stadiums and clubs are expected to ensure safety and security within.

    Clubs can request additional police support within their ground, for which they must pay on a match-by-match basis.


    Club: Cost of policing home games // Contribution from club // Net cost

    Sheffield Wednesday: 433,741 // 234,809 // 198,932

    Sheffield United: 166,159 // 170,093 // 3,934

    Doncaster Rovers: 63,669 // 19,746 // 43,922

    Rotherham United: 204,711 // 99,126 // 105,584

    Barnsley: 232,492 // 133,314 // 99,178

    Total: 1,100,771 // 657,088 // 443,683

    * figures from South Yorkshire Police, for the 2016/17 season

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    If we are making a significant contribution then surely that carries some clout with these insane dinner time kick offs for local derbies .

    Wouldn't it ?

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